The Deadly Impact Of A Limousine Accident
When we hire transportation companies to carry multiple passengers, we place our trust and lives into the hands of their operators. While accidents involving limousines are rare, they can be devastating to passengers and other road users.
Reflection on a recent limo crash
A recent limousine accident took the lives of 20 people. Two of those killed were pedestrians, and the other 18 were limo occupants – including four sisters and their relatives and friends celebrating a birthday.
After an investigation by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), two factors were found to have contributed to the fatal accident.
- The limo failed a state inspection a month prior to the accident. The company, Prestige Limousine, had four vehicles pulled from service in recent years after undergoing five inspections. According to the limo driver’s wife, her husband had previously complained about the condition of the vehicles at Prestige Limousine and reportedly requested different vehicles on many occasions.
- The intersection where the crash occurred was a cause for concern for locals. After a fatal accident in 2008, the intersection was reconstructed. However, since then, at least three large commercial trucks have blown through the stop sign, nearly causing serious crashes.
This crash marked the deadliest traffic accident since 2005 and has prompted the arrest of the limo company operator – who was charged with criminally negligent homicide. According to the complaint against the operator, he knowingly hired a driver who did not have the appropriate license to operate a limo.
Holding negligent limo companies accountable
According to the NHTSA, there have been 12 traffic fatalities involving large limousines between 2012 and 2016. When limousines are manufactured, they are required to meet federal standards. The same applies with standard vehicles stretched out to carry more passengers. In many cases, converted vehicles are not equipped with crucial safety features, such as side airbags.
Limousine companies are required to follow strict state and federal guidelines. When they fail to do so, and they place their vehicles on the road, they are breaking the law.
If you or a loved one was injured in a crash involving a limousine, it’s important that you know your rights. An experienced Macomb County auto accident attorney can help you and your family seek justice. We will fight to hold negligent limousine companies accountable and maximize your compensation, so you can focus on recovery.
Contact Fraser & Souweidane, P.C. today and learn more about how we can help you.